Yuliya Zabyelina

Yuliya Zabyelina

Yuliya Zabyelina
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D., University of Trento (2013, International Studies)
Jacobs University Bremen (2008, Integrated Social Sciences)


Yuliya Zabyelina is Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She holds a PhD degree in International Studies from the University of Trento in Italy, where she studied the role of state failure in furthering opportunities for transnational organized crime. Before moving to the United States, she held a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and lectured at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. At John Jay College, Dr. Zabyelina primarily teaches in the BA and MA programs in International Criminal Justice.

She has been recognized with several professional awards, including the Newton International Fellowship (2013), SAGE Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2015), and Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2015). She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the E4J teaching modules on organized crime

She is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award granted to tenure-track or tenured faculty who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship in the previous three calendar years and the 2016 John Jay College Donald MacNamara Award for junior faculty.

Yuliya Zabyelina is an executive member of the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC).


JJC Affiliations

International Criminal Justice BA, international Crime & Justice MA

Course Taught

  • ICJ 101 Introduction to International Crime and Justice
  • ICJ 401 Capstone Seminar in International Crime and Justice
  • POL 260 International Relations
  • POL 325  The Politics of Transnational Crime (face-to-face and fully online)
  • POL 385 Supervised Research Experience in Political Science
  • POL 387 Faculty Mentored Research
  • ICJ 380 Selected Topics in International Criminal Justice
  • ICJ/PAD 762 Corruption and Global Economy (face-to-face and fully online)
  • ICJ 706 Transnational Crime  (face-to-face and fully online)

Diplomacy Lab projects; Study-Abroad Program to Vienna, Austria (June 9 - June 30, 2018)

Scholarly Work

Refereed journal articles 


Book chapters    (selected)

  • Zabyelina, Y. (2018). The Industry of Terror in the Caucasian Emirate: Between Zakat and Extortion Racket. In K. Thachuk and R. Lal (eds.), Financing Terrorism through Organized Crime. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Praeger.
  • Zabyelina, Y. 2018. Crime Displacement as a Result of Transnational Organized Crime Control Measures. In P. Reichel and R. Randa (eds.), Transnational Crime and Global Security (Vol. 2). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International. (peer-reviewed)
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Between Exploitation and Expulsion: Labour Migration, Shadow Economy, and Organized Crime. In A-L. Heusala and K. Aitamurto (eds.),  Migrant Workers in Russia: Global Challenges of the Shadow Economy in Societal Transformation. Routledge.  
  • Markovska, A., & Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Enforcing Prohibitions in Weak States: Gambling in Ukraine. In: P. van Duyne, G. Antonopoulos, J. Harvey, A. Maljevic., K. von Lampe (eds.) Organising Fears, Crime and Law Enforcement New Horizons and Trends in Europe and Beyond. Liber Amicorum Petrus van Duyne, Apeldoorn: Maklu. (peer-reviewed)
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Pharmacy and Crime. Wiley Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2016. Political Science and Crime. Wiley Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. 
  • Zabyelina, Y., 2014. Pornography, Revenge, in K. Harvey (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, Sage Reference. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp.1001-1003. 


Encyclopaedia entries      (selected)          ** denotes a student co-author

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